The eatery opened a take-out window in August, with a brand new dining room and more in the works
When Chinatown’s Lately opened with a splash in early-August, the kitchen crew produced a cheery daytime menu from a take-out window. That’s all about to change with the addition of a brand new dining room on December 17. Eater spoke with partner and MasterChef semi-finalist Becky Reams about the changes, which include much more than just a sit-down area. Here are seven things to know about Lately’s new dining room, and more.
- They had a minimal budget to work with. According to Reams, the group found creative ways to make it fun and stretch a dollar. Lately was formerly the longtime Chinatown restaurant Mandarin Chateau, and spent months tearing out and even restoring the mustard floor and Mandarin’s old neon sign.
- The interior is around 1,000 square feet with neutral wood throughout. Every table and stool is handmade, including a 10-foot communal table. Artist Coral Monday also created an original mural.
- Reams is testing an apple fritter while adding a new burger for brunch. In addition, she’s working on a fried chicken dish, along with homestyle biscuits and gravy.
- Reams describes her group as, “A ragtag crew of misfits of many talents. Everyone that’s here are people we’ve met in passing or just talented in their own right.”
- Richard Tranley and William Hu from MSG Studios designed the interior. Both have architecture backgrounds, and Hu does 3-D printing food design. MSG is an LA-based design and production company that specializes in content production, event experiences, and design.
- When Reams was in the midst of her popular Bang Bang popup in 2014, she had trouble finding a space for it. Since Lately is closed at night, they’ll pay it forward by offering the space to other popups.
- On December 17, Lately will extend their of hours from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Currently Lately closes at 2 p.m.
Lately. 970 N Broadway #114, Los Angeles, CA
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Source: LA Eater